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Aug 31 15:11

Are Russians Sending Military Support To Syria? Potential For Conflict With NATO?

By Brandon Turbeville

If reports coming from YNet News are accurate, the Syrian crisis just became more complex and more dangerous. The report would be great news for the Assad government, however, as it suggests that, in addition to providing Syria with six new MIG 31 jets and providing satellite images with the SAA, the Russians will also be delivering an expeditionary force of Russian soldiers.

YNet claims that the Russian force will be made up of fighter pilots, attack helicopter pilots, advisors, technicians, logistics personnel, instructors, and members of the aerial protection division. The forces are to be stationed at a permanent base in Syria. Although the Russians already maintain the Port of Tartus, YNet suggests that the new base of operations will be an “Assad-controlled” location in an area surrounding Damascus...

Aug 31 13:57

Dear Guardian editors: this is why no one believes you anymore

While this is just the latest on the conveyor-belt of state-promoted Stalinist ‘alternative realities’, which now constitutes the vast majority of your (ahem) political analysis, I feel the need to make a few observations, more out of pity than anger.

Aug 31 13:46

Russian jets in Syrian skies

Russia has begun its military intervention in Syria, deploying an aerial contingent to a permanent Syrian base, in order to launch attacks against ISIS and Islamist rebels; US stays silent.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The difference is that Russia really IS aiming at ISIS!

Aug 31 13:44

‘Victoria Nuland may be passing out virtual cookies outside Kiev’

The same forces that are pushing radicals in key hot spots in and around Europe – the US in the first place – also have a part in the protests going on in Kiev. They are not innocent, they just don’t appear in the picture in front of the TV cameras, says political analyst Aleksandar Pavic.

In Kiev, Ukraine’s capital, crowds of protesters came to oppose amendments to the constitution that would provide for decentralization of the country. As a result dozens were injured and one security officer was killed after a grenade was thrown outside the parliament.

Aug 31 13:30

Poroshenko Calls Violent Clashes in Kiev 'Stab in the Back'

Earlier Monday, clashes took place outside the Ukraine's parliament building shortly after the Verkovna Rada had approved proposed constitutional amendments on decentralization in the first reading.

Aug 31 13:30

China Displacing Monopoly of US Dollar, Bretton Wood System

China and Russia are changing the financial architecture of the world, award-winning author, sociologist and geopolitical analyst Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya emphasizes, recommending the Wall Street financial elite to focus on America's domestic problems instead of trying to undermine China's economy.

Aug 31 13:20

Renowned Jazzman Gets US State Dept Warning Against Visiting Crimea

World famous Russian-American Jazzman - Igor Butman - could fall victim to US sanctions on economic activity in Crimea after he visited the peninsula to play jazz during a festival.

Aug 31 10:22

U.S. Publicly Splits v. EU on Ukraine War

There now is open disagreement between three Western leaders regarding how to move forward with regard to Ukraine: Barack Obama of the United States, versus Francois Hollande of France, and Angela Merkel of Germany.

Aug 31 09:16

Nazis Riot Again in Kiev to Force Resuming War

On Monday, August 31st, racist fascists (nazis) who hate Russians rioted in front of Ukraine’s parliament building to demand resumption of the unlimited bombing campaign against the breakaway former Ukrainian region, Donbass, which had voted 90%+ for the neutralist Ukrainian President, Viktor Yanukovych, whose government these nazis had helped the U.S. to overthrow in February 2014. A rabidly anti-Russian government was installed in its stead, and these demonstrators want this government to violate the Minsk II accords that Ukraine had signed, and to return to full-scale war.

Aug 31 09:10

US Russia Time Bomb

Paul Craig Roberts talks about the current stand off between the United States and Russia in the Ukraine. Is it too late to avoid war?

Aug 31 08:29

Russian International MAKS Air Show Ends With Contracts Worth Over $5.3 Bln

In 2015, MAKS proved that despite the current political tensions between the host country and the Western states and the economic difficulties Russia is facing, the interest in Russia’s aerospace products, technologies and the country’s aerospace market remains particular.

Aug 31 08:28

US Considering Two Candidates to Replace Poroshenko?

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is an unbelievably weak leader in his nature, American historian Professor Stephen Cohen said. According to him, Poroshenko yields to foreign influence and is incapable of defending his own stance.

Aug 31 08:10

If Russia does not agree to debt restructuring conditions it can collect debt from Yanukovych - Yatseniuk

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk has again proposed that Russia accepts the conditions of restructuring of the Ukrainian state debt that were reached with the committee of creditors, as the country will not get any other proposals from the Ukrainian authorities.

"I remind: Viktor Yanukovych in exchange to the non-signing of the agreement with the EU [Association Agreement] has received a political bribe of $3 billion from Russia, the $3 billion that Russia demands to pay now," he said on TV late on Sunday.

Yatseniuk repeated his proposal to Russia: accept the conditions offered to foreign creditors or you will never receive any other conditions.

Aug 31 06:31

Russia accepted over 1mn Ukrainian refugees forced out of homes by Donbass war

Over 1 million people have moved to Russia from southeast Ukraine since the beginning of the armed conflict and about 600,000 of them decided never to return home, the head of the Federal Migration Service says.

Konstantin Romodanovsky said in an interview with Interfax that about 114,000 of Ukrainian refugees took part in the government program of resettlement and received material aid and a short track in getting Russian citizenship.

Aug 30 08:42

Anti-American Sentiment Surges in Russia as US Officer Taunts From Perch at Fox

Since the beginning of the year, Putin’s propaganda industry, feeling the economic crisis, has had to tighten its belt. The Russian Information Agency TASS announced a 25 percent staff reduction and 20 percent salary cut for its employees. Rossiyskaya Gazeta, which holds the monopoly on the official publications of new laws and government decrees, fired 10% of its staff. Similar examples are innumerable, as Bloomberg reported in January.

Despite all the economizing, the level of anti-Americanism in Russia has reached its all-time high, fluctuating from 70 percent to 73 percent of negative and strongly negative feelings towards the US this year, according to the respected polling institution Levada-Center.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which suggests that American actions, not Russian propaganda, is the problem.

Aug 30 08:28

2 Ukrainian ultra-radical MPs face investigation for kidnappings, torture

A new criminal case has been reportedly opened against the leader of the Ukrainian Radical Party, Oleg Lyashko, and his fellow party member Igor Mosiychuk. The two are accused of organizing a criminal group, kidnappings and torture.

Mosiychuk reported the news on his Facebook page: “Yesterday it became known that the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office had opened new criminal cases against me and the leader of the Radical Party, Oleg Lyashko.”

The proceedings were approved by Ukraine’s prosecutor general, Viktor Shokin, Mosiychuk added. The two ultra-radical MPs stand accused of “organizing a criminal group, kidnapping, illegal detention as well as torture,” Mosiychuk wrote.

Aug 30 07:03

Propaganda Wars: EU Creates Team of Officials to Combat 'Destabilizing' Russian Media

The European Commission has prepared to develop a "rapid response" team to combat what it calls "Russian propaganda," Radio Polska reported on Friday. Up to 10 Russian-speaking officials from EU countries will form the group, which would monitor the Russian media and give policy recommendations based on the media they monitor. While the group does not currently have a budget, it intends to counter what Politico.eu called "the destabilizing influence of Russian-language news reports."

Aug 29 15:19

The US is Fully Prepared to Fight Putin - to the Last Ukrainian

With no clear endpoint of the ongoing Ukrainian war in sight, the West seems to realize that something is definitely wrong there; a former advisor on Eastern European policy to the US State Department has written an analysis of what went wrong in the conflict, while still claiming that the conflict is in fact “a battle with President Putin”.

Aug 29 15:07

Busting the Myth of Polish Sympathy for Ukraine

In a recent article for Polish online newspaper Na Temat, columnist Michal Gasior explained why the idea of Poland and Poles standing firmly behind Ukraine in its time of crisis is actually just a myth.
"Listening to media reports and to the statements of politicians, it seems as if the whole of Poland is behind the Ukrainians in their conflict, supporting our country's involvement in the matter," Gasior began. The reality, he added, is that "nothing could be further from the truth."
The truth, according to the journalist, is that "almost half of Poles think that we are [already] engaged too much, with an equal number against the idea of supporting our neighbor even politically."

Aug 29 15:04

Soviet Nuclear Test of 1949 Dealt Heavy Blow to Pentagon's War Plans

Although the equipment of the Soviet scientists and designers was very primitive at that time, they made a genuine breakthrough in the 1940s. On the other hand, invaluable data on the American plutonium bomb obtained by secret agents allowed the Soviet nuclear physicists to avoid errors when creating the RDS-1.
But why was the USSR in a hurry? It is worth mentioning that after the Second World War, the US and UK military chiefs developed a number of "first-strike" plans targeting the Soviet Union, which was then weakened and exhausted by the war. Between 1945 and 1949, the Pentagon developed at least nine nuclear war plans, experts say.
The Pentagon planners envisaged that the USSR would be destroyed by an American nuclear attack and be unable to strike back.

Aug 29 14:45

The number of nuclear warheads by country

The nuclear arms race began over 60 years ago, and according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute today there are about 15,850 nuclear warheads shared by the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, and North Korea. An estimated 1,800 of the total warheads are on high alert.

Aug 29 14:32

TV series about Russian occupation of Norway sparks furor

Historian Bjorn Ditlef Nystad, Associate Professor of the University of Oslo, said in an interview with the television channel that the TV show is offensive to residents of Norway, liberated by the Soviet Union from German occupation in 1944.
“Such shows have never been made anywhere. Perhaps only in the United States during the Cold War – and still it is doubtful. I am sure that Norwegians will be shocked at the release of this film to the screen, and it clearly will not improve relations with Russia,” said Nystad.

Aug 29 14:19

Ukraine, Vacation in Russia and open your eyes!

"Ukraine has been waging war with Russia for a year. During this time the Ukrainian armed forces have lost six planes, a dozen helicopters, hundreds of tanks and armored vehicles, two thousand soldiers dead and seven thousand more injured. And what about Russia? Russia was not at war!"

Aug 29 14:17

Georgians to go train UAF to fight Russia

Georgians in cooperation with the American soldiers are forming a group of trainers, who will soon head to Ukraine to train the UAF soldiers for confrontation with Russia.
This was said by Mamuka Mamulashvili - the commander of the Georgian Legion, fighting in the Donbass, in an interview to the "Voice of America"
"We are working with the US military to create a group that will actively train Ukrainian troops. This will be the official group of former military personnel. Its formation occurs on their own initiative. These are the people who took part in many operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, they no longer serve, but they really want to help Ukraine. Today, America and the West should be more involved in the crisis in Ukraine and must necessarily provide lethal weapons to Kiev", said Mamulashvili.

Aug 29 14:15

Breaking: Hollande and Merkel back Putin's Ceasefire Plan, Minsk II salvaged

Hollande and Merkel have made public statements in support of Putin's proposal's today to return to the Minsk II Agreement process on September 1st, next Tuesday. The European commitment to salvage Minsk II was reported by Reuters, AP, Tass, and other international news agencies around the world.
These statements follow an emergency telephone conference held today, Saturday August 29th, by the three leaders.

Aug 29 13:09

Legendary Soviet Tu-144 supersonic aircraft on show at MAKS-2015

The Tupolev Tu-144 aircraft, the world’s first commercial supersonic transport plane, is on display at the MAKS-2015 international air show at the Zhukovsky airfield near Moscow. The Tu-144 aircraft was constructed by Soviet engineers in the 1960s and was hailed as the first passenger airliner to break the sound barrier on June 5, 1969. Nowadays there are only two models left and both are kept at the Zhukovsky airfield. The show, which has brought together more than 700 companies from over 20 countries, including Russia’s leading arms and space corporations, kicked off on August 25 and runs through August 30.

Aug 29 13:08

Russia accepted over 1mn Ukrainian refugees forced out of homes by Donbass war

Over 1 million people have moved to Russia from southeast Ukraine since the beginning of the armed conflict and about 600,000 of them decided never to return home, the head of the Federal Migration Service says.
Konstantin Romodanovsky said in an interview with Interfax that about 114,000 of Ukrainian refugees took part in the government program of resettlement and received material aid and a short track in getting Russian citizenship.
Romodanovsky also said that the influx of refugees from Ukraine had led to improvement of Russians’ attitudes towards migrants in general. According to a recent poll conducted by the independent Levada research center, 41 percent of Russians hold that the best way to tackle illegal migration was to help the refugees find jobs and receive legal status – twice as many as the 19 percent who gave the same answer just one year back.
READ MORE: Thousands of Ukrainian citizens to sue Kiev regime over human rights violations – Russian activists

Aug 29 12:48

OSCE says situation around Donetsk airport in east Ukraine remains tense

International observers monitoring the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine on Friday reported that fighting intensified around the international airport in the city of Donetsk. The overall security situation at and around the Donetsk airport "remained tense", the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s special monitoring mission (SMM) to Ukraine said in its latest report, adding that the mission "observed an increase in ceasefire violations".

Aug 29 12:46

Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and President of France Francois Hollande

Vladimir Putin expressed concern over the continuing shelling by Ukrainian security forces of urban areas in Donbass and the build-up of Ukraine’s military forces along the demarcation line. He stressed the need to establish direct dialogue between Kiev and representatives of Donetsk and Lugansk and to lift the financial and economic siege of Donbass. The Russian President said that there is no alternative to a political settlement of the conflict on the basis of full implementation of the Minsk agreements, stressing the importance of holding a constitutional reform in Ukraine that would be coordinated with Donetsk and Lugansk.
They also discussed the main aspects of further work in the Normandy format, including talks between foreign ministers and preparations for the next summit.

Aug 29 12:43

About 500 people picket Red Cross office in Luhansk

Some 500 residents of the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk have held a picket near the office of the International Committee of the Red Cross [ICRC] demanding that the organization stop being inert and concealing crimes of the Kiev authorities, the LuhanskInformCenter agency reported Friday.
"First, the Red Cross is not interested in the fates of those captured militiamen that Ukraine exchanges. Second, they don’t help people injured during hostilities. Third, they don’t provide to the public any reports, information and it’s totally unclear what they are doing," the agency quoted picketers as saying.
Earlier, residents of the city of Donetsk repeatedly picketed the headquarters of the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe [OSCE], also demanding objective coverage of the situation in the region.

Aug 29 12:36

Lawyer: deportations of Russians to US are clear sign that country defies treaties

Repeated attempts at detentions of Russian citizens in various countries for their eventual deportation to the United States are a clear confirmation the US authorities are adamantly defiant of international treaties and agreements, Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena has told the Rossiya-1 television news channel.
"These detentions in the territories of third countries and the deportations of Russian citizens to the United States indicate that the US has no intention to observe international law and treaties," Kucherena said.

Aug 29 09:27

NATO stages huge airborne drill in Europe, says 'acting in purely defensive manner' (VIDEO)

The largest NATO airborne drills in Europe since the end of the Cold War aim to reassure allies against external aggression threat, American generals said, adding that paratroopers landing in Germany are acting in a “purely defensive” manner.
Parachutists of the US-based 82nd Airborne Division began a NATO exercise in Hohenfels near Nuremberg on Wednesday, where joint multinational training command of 1,100 soldiers from seven NATO countries are holding exercise under the command of the US 7th Army.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"...Completely defensive", MY ASTROLABE!!

Aug 28 13:12

Gas Diplomacy in the Balkans Intensifying

Competition between US and Russia is increasing:
Greeks are holding talks with Americans who publicly disapprove of Turkish Stream.
Hungary, Serbia and Greece, however, remain interested in the project and may meet to push for it.

Aug 28 13:06

Ukraine: Getting to the truth. False Flag attack planned?

The Facebook page of a group which collects live reports from eye witnesses about the situation in Ukraine has been constantly taken down. Why? Because it contains abuse or violates one single rule of this social network? No, because it tells the truth and the truth hurts. And there is rumor of a Syria-style chemical false flag attack planned...

Aug 28 12:56

Poland afraid of problems with refugees in case of Ukraine conflict escalation

Poland refuses to receive most part of visitors coming in the past months to Europe from the Middle East and North Africa on its territory. The Polish president linked this position with the conflict in Ukraine a day prior to his visit to Berlin.
"Being an EU member country, Poland wants to display solidarity; however, as regards refugees, here we have problems in connection with the conflict in Ukraine — as long as there’s war there, thousands of Ukrainians will flee [their country] first of all to Hungary and Poland," Duda said.
"We are the immediate neighbors of Ukrainians, and they may feel safe," he said in an interview published in German tabloid Bild. "There are prerequisites already now that a few hundred thousand Ukrainians want to come to us. Other countries should take it into account while raising the issue of readiness to render assistance."

Aug 28 12:53

Senator: Decree on Ukraine’s covert military cooperation is Poroshenko’s strategic mistake

Earlier on Friday, Poroshenko has signed a decree on enactment of the decision of the National Security and Defense Council on Ukraine’s military and technical cooperation "with individual countries." The list of the countries is classified.
"Unfortunately, this is a big strategic mistake of the Ukrainian president. Ukraine was under the external control of the Western allies, above all, the United States, and in actual fact, it is no secret. Poroshenko does not conceal that he is seeking a military alliance with Western countries. Against whom — it is clear as well," the parliamentarian noted.

Aug 28 12:50

Latvia refuses to register bureau of Russian news agency

Latvian authorities have refused to register a bureau of the Russian news agency Rossiya Segodnya in the Baltic country, a spokesperson for the registration service told TASS on Friday.
"The decision was taken on Thursday evening," the spokesperson said. "The notary examined the [registration] papers and said they were in no compliance with the legislation."
The Latvian council for electronic media earlier said the Rossiya Segodnya agency (formerly known as RIA Novosti) wanted to open its bureau in Riga to spread "information reflecting interests of Russian foreign policy."
Ban on Estonian officials’ meeting Russian reporters looks bizarre — http://tass.ru/en/russia/811899 "We, thank God, live in a country where the law on the media is in effect giving Russian and foreign media absolutely equal rights and equal access," the Kremlin spokesman said.
"Therefore, of course, it’s kind of bizarre for us," Peskov said.

Aug 28 12:46

Germany against deploying peacekeepers in Donbas — foreign ministry

Commenting on the statement of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on the matter, Schaefer said: "We know that the Ukrainian authorities support the deployment of armed international mission [in Ukraine’s east]. It has been discussed for months already, mostly behind closed doors. The issue was once again raised by President Poroshenko in Brussels yesterday."
Schaefer stressed that Germany is interested in the full implementation of the Minsk agreement and peace in Donbas. "At the moment, however, we are not convinced that arming OSCE [Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe] observers or providing them with armed guards would really contribute to the fulfillment of these goals," Schaefer noted. "We do not think that ensuring the activity of observers with the use of force and arms will lead to greater security," he added.

Aug 28 12:44

Merkel's spokesman says no change in stance on sanctions against Russia

"There is no change in our stance. No one is interested in sanctions. They have been imposed for political reasons," spokesman Steffen Seibert told a regular government news conference, adding that the sanctions were connected with the difficult situation in eastern Ukraine.
"We want to create conditions for the lifting of sanctions," Seibert said, adding that it was too early to talk about the removal of all sanctions now.
"We will continue talks with Russia in various formats and at different levels," he said.

Lawmaker: Moscow not going to pull chestnuts out of fire for anyone http://tass.ru/en/russia/817296 A Russian lawmaker Frants Klintsevich made this comment regarding Angela Merkel's words about seeking constructive relations without lifting of the anti-Russian sanctions

Aug 28 12:39

Russian Civic Chamber member speaks about Kiev’s new "blasphemous propaganda tricks"

"Recently Ukraine began to use, I would say, a blasphemous propaganda trick: they take photos, video footage of the shelling of Ukrainian territories of Donbas and present them to the international community, they show them on TV, accompanying all this with inscriptions about the Donbas militias shelling themselves," Grigoriev told a meeting of the working group on the legal analysis of legislative procedures and legal acts passed in Ukraine on Friday. The group operates under the aegis of State Duma speaker Sergey Naryshkin.
"We all understand that, if someone, some formation is striving for self-determination, it would be utterly absurd to begin this self-determination with the shelling of 16,000 of its facilities," the expert said, adding, that, according to his estimates, about 16,000 facilities have been shelled in the Donbas region.
OSCE says situation around Donetsk airport in east Ukraine remains tense http://tass.ru/en/world/817333

Aug 28 12:33

Donetsk militia say Kiev forces violated ceasefire regime 37 times over 24 hours

"Ukrainian forces fired 156 mines of 82mm and 120mm caliber at the territory of the republic, along with 68 artillery and 30 tank shells," Donetsk News Agency quoted DPR defense ministry as saying. "Ukrainian Armed Forces violated ceasefire regime 37 times over last 24 hours," the ministry added.
It was earlier reported that a woman was killed in nightly shellings of the Petrovsky district in Donetsk.

Luhansk militia accuse Kiev forces of violating ceasefire regime 11 times over 24 hours http://tass.ru/en/world/817175
Kiev forces used tube artillery of 152mm caliber, weapons of 122mm caliber and mortars of 82mm caliber, LPR militia said.

Aug 28 12:27

Ukraine to secretly cooperate with "particular countries" in military sphere — decree

The Ukrainian parliament earlier terminated the agreement with Russia on transit of Russian military units temporarily deployed to Moldova through Ukrainian territory and on cooperation in the field of military intelligence.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a decree on enactment of a decision of the National Security and Defense Council on Ukraine’s military and technical cooperation "with particular countries."
"To enact the decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine of August 28, 2015, "On Ukraine’s Military and Technical Cooperation with Particular Countries," the decree said, adding that the list of the countries was classified.
According to the document, the decision’s implementation will be overseen by secretary of the National Security Council Oleksandr Turchynov.
The decree has come into force on the day of its publication, that is, on Friday.

Aug 28 11:26

Ukrainian pilot suspected of shooting down a Boeing Malaysian heard in the Netherlands

NETHERLANDS officially announced that the final version of the report on the causes of the fall of the Malaysian Boeing over eastern Ukraine announce on October 13th.

List "Ukrainian Pravda" published an interview today with the pilot Vladislav Voloshin whose name was associated with the folding of the Malaysian passenger aircraft. In it had previously pointed the finger aeromechanic the Ukrainian Army Yevgeny Agapov who defected to Russia.

Voloshin in that conversation revealed that he had already made a statement, "prosecutors Amsterdam police detectives from Australia."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I still think Kiev attempted to shoot down Putin's Presidential jet, which was in the same area at the time, and the pilot mistook the MH17 for Putin's Presidential aircraft.

Aug 28 10:49

Employers skeptical about Russia sanctions

A German-Russian trade organization has called for sanctions against Moscow to be ended, calling them politically ineffective. Business leaders had complained about shrinking trade and investment opportunities.

Aug 28 10:45

Russia to Cooperate With UK, Germany in Space

Russia's space agency signs a number of agreements on cooperation with its German counterpart. Meanwhile a UK company may sell the guidance system for Russian satellites

Aug 28 09:20

Obama’s Ukrainian Forces Break Minsk Agreement: Resume Invasion

The U.S.-backed Ukrainian Armed Forces, on Wednesday August 26th, resumed their all-out war against the breakaway Donbass region, according to an announcement on August 27th by the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Deputy Commander, Eduard Basurin. Donetsk is the largest city in Donbass — the region that broke away from Ukraine after the February 2014 U.S. coup in Kiev, which threw out the democratically elected Ukrainian President, for whom the residents of Donbass had voted over 90%.

Aug 27 17:43

Russia's 5G PAK-FA T-50 fighter debuts with stunt program at MAKS-2015 (VIDEO)

Russia’s first 5G fighter has showed off in full its ultra-maneuverability at an international air show near Moscow. In 2016 the Russian Air Force will get ready to put the first production models of the stealth fighter jet into service.

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For short-range dogfight and elimination of lightly armored ground targets PAK-FA is armed with the world’s lightest 30mm air cannon 9A1-4071K, weighing a mere 50kg, and with an effective range of up to 1,800 meters.

The PAK-FA’s hull and wings are stuffed with multiple sensors and detectors, which form the so-called ‘smart skin’, giving the pilot full information about what’s going on for all 360 degrees.

The fighter’s radar is fully integrated with active electronic defense station ‘Himalaya’, enabling the aircraft to do electromagnetic warfare as addition to its weaponry, jamming enemy aircrafts and missiles within the station’s reach.

Aug 27 14:49

Promulgated secret correspondence of Yatsenyuk-Turchynov about plans for Donbass

"CyberBerkut" published documents that reveal the plans of official Kiev to disrupt local elections in the DNI and LC.
These documents are available on the official hackers website.
In his letter, Turchinov reveals the essence of the decisions taken by the Ukrainian authorities against residents of Donbass.
According to him, the priority task is to prevent the holding of elections in the DNI and LC, scheduled for October 2015, "by the destabilization of the situation in these regions."
"The Council of National Security and Defense to monitor the implementation of the decision. I would be grateful for informing about the execution of these activities," - concluded Turchinov.

Aug 27 13:32

Poroshenko and Yatsenyuk trade sits in Parliament for million dollars

Founder of the Dragon Capital investment bank told Der Spiegel that during the last parliamentary elections in Ukraine, businessmen were buying sits at $3 to $10 million. Fiala was born in the Czech city of Brno, but has lived in Kiev since 1990. During the "Euromaidan" in Ukraine he was among the other demonstrators. According to him, businessmen were buying sits in order to "lobby their interests" in the parliament.
Yatsenyuk and Poroshenko went the length of it to fund their pre-election campaigns. Fiala explained that "Yatsenyuk did not have his own money, while Poroshenko prefers not to take his capital".
He also noted, that corruption is a serious problem for Ukraine, but the West should keep providing Kiev with its aid, as "these are good investments".

Aug 27 13:19

The Coming Unintentional War With Russia

A couple of months before he retired in July, the head of Canada’s air force provided a blunt assessment of what might emerge from the current military mission to Ukraine.
“We pray that our ongoing NATO mission isn’t accompanied by the escalation of deadly force and the shedding of blood,” Lt.-Gen. Yvan Blondin wrote in the magazine RCAF Today. “We have everything to lose and nothing to gain through a show-down with our former Eastern Bloc foes.”
It was an unusual and candid observation from a veteran Canadian officer about the increased tensions and worsening situation in Ukraine. But Blondin’s warning also reflects an increasing concern among some in the United States and Europe about the possibility that the standoff in eastern Europe between Russia and the West could somehow end in war.

Aug 27 13:11

Ukrainians Are Completely Alienated From Their Political Class

Poll reveals that for every single politician in Ukraine there are far more Ukrainians who perceive him unfavorably than those who perceive him favorably.
Meanwhile the president enjoys a 24% approval rating, and the government an 11% approval.
Just 15% think the country is going in the right direction, 72% disagree.

Right Sector Destroys Memorial Plaque for Slain Journalist, Puts up One for His Murderers http://russia-insider.com/en/right-sector-destroys-memorial-plaque-sla...

Aug 27 12:53

Over $1 bln worth of Sukhoi Superjet-100 contracts signed at Russia's MAKS-2015 — official

"I know the contract for supply of 20 aircraft to Yamal air carrier is about $700 mln worth and signed contracts for Superjet amount to over one billion dollars," Boginsky said.
"This MAKS airshow is largely focused on civil aspects," the deputy minister said.
Defense agreements were largely signed at the previous MAKS airshow held in 2013, Boginsky said. "Now these are marketable, commercial contracts," the deputy minister added.
"We consciously focused on civil aspects and regional Russian companies," Boginsky said.

Aug 27 12:52

First logistics center to open on demarcation line in east Ukraine Aug 28

The first humanitarian logistics centre will be set up on the demarcation line in east Ukraine's war-torn Donbas region on Friday, Kiev’s envoy to peace talks on the Ukraine crisis said on Thursday.
The logistics centers will be protected by national guards and the State Border Service, Zhebrovsky said.
The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic has criticised the idea of creating such centres. Donetsk’s parliamentary speaker Andrey Purgin said Kiev’s plans to set up logistics centres from the Kiev-controlled part of the demarcation line had no practical sense in conditions of Ukraine’s blockade of the eastern republics of Donetsk and Luhansk. He noted also that a ceasefire agreement brokered in Minsk, Belarus, in February, did not say a word about any logistics centers.

Aug 27 12:47

Donetsk republic military police accuses Kiev of torturing prisoners

"A medical examination of Donetsk prisoners revealed that all captives were tortured, one of them had a heart attack," Viktor Anosov said.
On Wednesday evening Kiev handed 12 prisoners to Donetsk under the prisoner swap program envisaged by the Minsk agreements. The Donetsk People’s Republic has handed 11 captives to the Ukrainian side on Thursday morning.
One of the 12 soldiers refused to return to Ukraine.
Prisoner exchanges in the ‘all for all’ format are one of the key provisions of the Minsk agreements signed in the Belarusian capital on February 12 after marathon talks between the leaders of Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine.

Aug 27 12:44

Russian humanitarian aid convoy arrives in Donetsk, Luhansk

Russia’s Emergencies Ministry has delivered its 37th humanitarian aid convoy to Donbas, the ministry’s press service told TASS on Thursday.
More than 100 trucks have delivered over 1,100 tons of humanitarian aid, including 500 tons of foodstuffs and 700 tons of textbooks and furniture for local schools.

Donbas Volunteer Union set up in Russia http://tass.ru/en/russia/816955
Any Russian national who took part in the Donbas events may join the union.
The number of Donbas volunteers varies between 30,000 and 50,000. "Russian volunteers should be socially protected and united, that is why we are establishing this organization."
The Russian government has never denied presence of its nationals in Donbas stressing that these people were volunteers, not mercenaries. According to a poll conducted by the state-run Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM), most Russians (65%) approve volunteers in eastern Ukraine.

Aug 27 12:35

Russia concerned over increased drug trafficking from Afghanistan

Russian Prosecutor-General: Interaction of SCO members does not match level of drug threat http://tass.ru/en/russia/816839

Kazakhstan invites SCO countries to create new drugs data bank http://tass.ru/en/world/816838

Aug 27 12:27

Egypt ready to use ruble in settlements in tourism sphere — president

"We are ready to use the ruble and the Egyptian pound in mutual settlements in this sphere [tourism] to avoid problems that now emerge with the dollar exchange rate," the Egyptian leader said.
"We are making huge efforts on expanding the tourism infrastructure that the Russian tourists could use and we try to diversify services offered for tourists," he stressed.

Egyptian leader offers Russian investors "best terms" in Suez Canal area http://tass.ru/en/economy/816945
"We are allocating an industrial zone for Russia in this region," the Egyptian president said. "We are inviting Russian companies to participate and work in this region. This zone has been offered for investors."
"We are inviting Russian investors and telling them that we offer the best terms so that they could work there and provide Egyptians with workplaces at the same time," el-Sisi added.

Aug 27 12:25

Speaker of Russia’s upper house to meet with Ban Ki-moon despite US trip cancellation

Diplomat: Situation with US visa for Russian parliament speaker won't pass without trace http://tass.ru/en/russia/816996
"Visas were issued to some persons on US blacklists - where’s the principled approach here? But in a few weeks, the visas were withdrawn. Where’s the systemic approach here? All this looks like some anti-Russian fuss. I see nothing principled or systematic here."
"Such actions don’t pass without a trace. It places a certain negative trace both on the history of bilateral relations and in general in the history of diplomacy".
"The sanctions against legislators look like a savage act smacking of the Middle Ages. They are persecution of parliamentarianism for political views and distortion of the very essence of parliamentarianism. In the meantime, it is legislators’ mission to build bridges between countries and peoples at all times," Matviyenko told the media on Thursday.http://tass.ru/en/world/816964

Aug 27 11:57

Heavy weapons missing from Ukraine army holding areas — OSCE

"The SMM revisited four Ukrainian Armed Forces heavy weapons holding areas, whose locations comply with the respective withdrawal lines. The SMM was denied access to one of these areas. At one holding area it observed that seven self-propelled howitzers (2S3 Akatsia, 152mm) were missing; at a second area six towed anti-tank guns (MT-12 Rapira, 100mm) and at the third five self-propelled howitzers (2S3 Akatsia, 152mm) were missing," the OSCE SMM said in its daily report.
The SMM revisited two DPR heavy weapons holding areas, whose locations comply with the respective withdrawal lines, and verified that all weapons previously recorded were present, the OSCE report said.

Aug 27 11:56

World’s private banks believe Russia will not restructure Kiev’s debts — IIF official

Russia’s Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said Russia will insist on full repayment of the debt.

Aug 27 10:57

Putin: Russia Planning to Build Nuclear Plant in Egypt

Russian President says his country will build a nuclear power plant in Egypt, announces greater economic cooperation with Cairo.

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Despite the US attempt to enforce puppet rule, Egypt slips into the Russian sphere of influence.

Aug 27 09:41

Donetsk Burning: Last night Ukrainians carried out terrifying attack

Tonight is the Ukrainian army committed a terrible blow to the village Aleksandrovka in Petrovsky area of Donetsk, Russian media reported.

The attack lasted for little more than half an hour, and the total in the last 24 hours was carried out more than 30 attacks on the entire territory of the DNR.

Aug 27 09:41

Iran wants to buy Russian fighter Su-30

Iranian media reported that Sattar arrived in Russia to visit MAKS 2015 and to discuss with Russian Deputy Dmitry Medvedev, assistant president of Russia on issues of scientific funds Andrej Frusenkom, Head of the Federal Space Agency Igor Komarov and Minister of Industry and Trade of Russia Denis Maturovim.

Satara Rogozin, among other things, talked about the possibility of buying Russian passenger aircraft "Superjet 100".

Aug 27 08:39

Russia interested in Iran’s Drone Technology

On Wednesday, Manouchehr Manteqi, head of Iranian Aviation Industries Organization, while visiting Russian Aviation Exhibition MAKS 2015 near Moscow, said: “Islamic Republic is known as an advanced country in the field of building unmanned air-born vehicles (UAV). Russian counterparts showed their interests in the transfer of Iranian drone technology.”

In October 2013, Brig-General Farzad Esmayeeli, Commander of Iran’s Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base, presented an Iranian-made model of American ScanEagle, to Lt. General Viktor Bondarev, Russian Air Force Commander.

In November 2014, Iran carried out test run of the American version of the RQ-170 drone with the capability of bombing and reconnaissance missions. One of the RQ-170, America’s top unmanned surveillance aircraft, was brought-down by Iranian military engineers by jamming its control while taking-off from US military base in Afghanistan in December 2011.

Aug 27 08:23

Russia, Egypt support forming anti-ISIS coalition with Syria - Putin

Russia and Egypt support the creation of a broad anti-terrorist coalition, which would include Syria, to fight Islamic State militants, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a joint media conference with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel el-Sisi.

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Putin has out-maneuvered the US and turned the US' propaganda back on them!

Aug 27 06:46

Ukranian Catholic Archbishop: "Be Ready To Give Up A Life" For Freedom And Independence

Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk urged Catholics to love their motherland and defend its' sovereignty, calling for them to be 'Christian patriots' and even be willing to lose their life in the process. The Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church issued text from the homily, which stated, in part, "Those who do not love their Motherland will always be strangers and exiles in this land. Who do not want to build their own state and assert its independence, he is doomed to be a slave in a different countries...Let us be mature and those who are building today, who develop their country with the state conscience, being Christians-patriots. Let us not be afraid to grant our lives into God's hands, for everything what do we have now we will preserve and enrich, giving it up for our brothers and sisters... Our freedom, our future, our personal well-being are impossible without an assertion and existence of an independent Ukrainian State," he said.

Aug 26 19:24

S-500 Prometheus

Originated From:Russia
Possessed By:Russia
Range:500-600km
Basing:Land, Mobile
Status:Development
In Service:2013/2014 (expected)

Russia is currently developing the S-500 mobile surface-to-air missile system, which was announced to be deployed in 2013. The S-500 will be an upgraded version of the S-400. It will fulfill air defense and ballistic missile defense missions.

Aug 26 16:55

Syria Shoots Down Israeli Warplane F-16 Bomber, Using Russian S-300 Air Defense System

Yesterday, Friday, August 21, 2015 in the early hours, Damascus time, an Israeli US made F-16 fighter-bomber, flew into Syrian airspace brazenly and fired at Brigade 68 and, then, turned and flew back toward Brigade 90 in Qunaytra in order to insure a safe landing in occupied Palestine if the aircraft was struck. It was struck. An SA-9 from the Iftiraas Air Defense Base and an SA-2 near the Khalkhaala AB were fired. But, the technical wizardry was most on display when an S-300 (SA-10 “Grumble) super-air-defense missile was fired from the Republican Guard base near the Mazza AB at the foot of Qaasiyoon Mountain west of Damascus. This was done so that the F-16’s electronic countermeasures would first fix on the SA-2 and SA-9 while the S-300 plowed forward to exterminate the vermin inside the Israeli aircraft. The S-300 vaporized the Israeli bomber.

Aug 26 15:47

NOW: Heavy fighting at the Belaya Kamenka

Infantry battalion "Vikings" (DPR Army) reports heavy fighting on the Southern Front Telmanovskiy direction.
"The enemy does not rest. To 20:30 the position of "Viking" at Belaya Kamenka ukry rolled "Grad".
We hear the sounds of movement Ukrainian tanks. Thank God, the injuries among our not. "The Vikings" ready for battle.
In the south-west APU treated "hurricanes" on Telmanovo.
There is a real battle in the Petrovskoe village. The Ukrops uses all kinds of artillery, backed by tanks.

Aug 26 15:07

Prince Volkonsky: Ukrainians were invented with the aim to weaken Russia

Swiss publisher republishes the work of Prince Alexander Volkonsky 1920, according to Le Temps. In his book titled "Historical truth and ukrainophile propaganda", he argues that the myth of a separate "Ukrainian nation" appeared in the XIX century and was picked up by Western propaganda to Stoke nationalist sentiment and to weaken Russia.
In 1920 Alexander Volkonsky has published a small study, the name of which in itself is a Manifesto: "the Historical truth and ukrainophile propaganda". Volkonsky served in the tsarist army, and after the revolution, he chose to remain in exile, writes the edition. His work he wrote while for Russia, as he believed, was not the most prosperous political conditions. Still-fresh memories of signed in March 1918 Brest-Litovsk peace Treaty and about short-lived independent Ukrainian people's Republic, says Le Temps.

Aug 26 14:51

OSCE: Contact Group on Ukraine agrees on ceasefire by September 1

The participants of the Contact Group on settlement of the situation in Donbass have agreed to cease fire by September 1, Ambassador Martin Sajdik, the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group on the implementation of the peace plan in the east of Ukraine, said Wednesday after the meeting.
Sajdik said it is necessary to do everything possible to ensure security of schools on the disengagement line between east Ukrainian militiamen and Ukraine's troops.
Plenipotentiary representative of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) Vladislav Deinego confirmed Wednesday after talks in Minsk that all participants of the Contact Group expressed the intention to achieve cessation of fire in Donbass by September 1.
"The proposal received a response from all sides, and there is hope that shelling will be stopped from September 1," Deinego said.

Aug 26 14:29

Putin: `First Soviet Government Was Mostly Jewish 80-85%`

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that at least 80 percent of the members of the first Soviet government were Jewish.

“I thought about something just now: The decision to nationalize this library was made by the first Soviet government, whose composition was 80-85 percent Jewish,” Putin said June 13 during a visit to Moscow’s Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center.

According to the official transcription of Putin’s speech at the museum, he went on to say that the politicians on the predominantly Jewish Soviet government “were guided by false ideological considerations and supported the arrest and repression of Jews, Russian Orthodox Christians, Muslims and members of other faiths. They grouped everyone into the same category.

"Thankfully, those ideological goggles and faulty ideological perceptions collapsed. And today, we are essentially returning these books to the Jewish community with a happy smile."

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"See? See? Putin is an anti-Semite Jew hater who wants Hitler to come back and gas Jewish babies in the ovens! That is why you have to go kill him for us!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Aug 26 13:56

Poroshenko has signed the decree about protection of interests of Ukraine in Crimea

The document suggests the adoption of urgent measures "for damages".
"In particular, to enter the ongoing refinement of the amount of damages caused by the obstacle to the enforcement of the government of Ukraine on the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol property rights and property rights", - stated in the message.

Aug 26 13:53

Basurin: Kiev to divert DNR forces gives the appearance at Belaya Kamenka village

The Ukrainian security officers try to create the illusion of impact in this area to divert forces proclaimed the Donetsk national Republic, as well as to disrupt the implementation of the Minsk agreements by their armed provocations near villages Belaya Kamenka and Novolasp. This was stated by the representative of the Ministry of defence DND Eduard Bacurin.
"According to our estimates, the enemy tries to provoke our troops on the response, and also for its activity to convince the command of the army of DNR in preparing for the onset of the armed forces of Ukraine (APU). We can say that the criminal fascist regime purposefully trying to disrupt the Minsk agreements"

Aug 26 13:46

Ukrainian Justice Ministry registers nationalistic party UNA-UNSO

Ukrainian Justice Ministry has registered the far-right political party Ukrainian National Assembly/Ukrainian People's Self-Defense (UNA-UNSO), the party's press service said. The registration formalities were over on August 20.
This will enable UNA-UNSO to take part in local elections this October.
UNA-UNSO, which is directly related to the ultra-right Ukrainian nationalistic movements of the World War II era, although it re-emerged in its current form in the early 1990's.
In March 2014, the Ukrainian National Assembly merged with the Right Sector extremist political organization, the activity of which is forbidden in Russia. Ukrainian People's Self-Defense continues functioning as a public association.

Aug 26 12:43

Poll: two-thirds of Ukrainians do not approve of the President Poroshenko

Ukrainians negatively evaluate the activities of the Central authorities, in particular two-thirds of residents do not support President Petro Poroshenko. This is evidenced by the data of the survey of the sociological group "Rating".
"Not approve" the President Poroshenko 33% of respondents. About the same - 34% of respondents chose the answer "probably not approve of."
Only 3% fully supported the President's policy, the answer is "rather approve" was chosen by 21% .
The activities of the Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk respondents rated more negatively. So, do not fully approve of the policy of his Cabinet 52% of respondents, the answer is "probably not approve" was chosen by 32% and "rather approve" of only 10%. The rest were undecided.

Aug 26 12:40

The U.S. special envoy on Syria is going to the talks in Moscow

The U.S. special representative for Syria Michael Ratni sent for consultations to Moscow. About this at a regular press briefing said the head of the press service of U.S. Department of state John Kirby.
He added that Rate within this foreign trips will also pay a visit to Geneva.
The representative of the U.S. state Department stressed that Washington believes the settlement in Syria "one of those areas where we (i.e. the American way) can cooperate" with Russia.
In addition, Kirby has once again confirmed that the current government in Damascus headed by President Bashar Assad, from the point of view of the US administration, can not be part of the coalition fighting the terrorist group "Islamic state".

Aug 26 12:23

The reaction of the Russian Parliament on the failure of the visit of Valentina Matvienko in the USA

"Cowardly rudeness"
The Chairman of the Duma Committee for security and combating corruption Irina Yarovaya called cowardly rudeness behavior in USA the situation with the issuance of visas to the speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko.
"Cowardly rudeness is the only way to describe the behavior of the United States in the situation with visa Valentina Ivanovna Matviyenko, the speaker of the upper house of the Russian Parliament, known and respected in the world policy. Cowardly - because they didn't dare to deny, trying to keep the false face of "freedom" and allegedly compliance with international law. Rudeness - because it is unacceptable to offer a visa on the last day and limited political capacity of the delegation of the sovereign state."

Aug 26 12:11

Over 1.5 tons of unsafe household chemicals withdrawn from sale in Russia — watchdog

On August 25 Rospotrebnadzor announced withdrawal of certain detergents and cleansers produced by Henkel, Procter & Gamble, Nevskaya Kosmetika, ESP-Contract GmbH, Werner & Mertz GmbH, Colgate-Palmolive, and Clorox Company in view of noncompliance with safety requirements. Only unsafe lots will be withdrawn and this will not affect the whole product range. Withdrawn products will be returned to manufacturers.
Systemic inspections of household chemicals in Russian stores are taking place from the middle of spring 2015. "The number of completed tests is over 570. The quantity of products of this kind withdrawn from sale across the whole this period is over 1.5 tonnes but this is not the event occurred yesterday or today".

Aug 26 11:16

Ukrainian sniper kills civilian in Donetsk - DPR

"A civilian of the village of Trudovskiye in the Petrovsky District [the western outskirts of Donetsk] was killed by a shot from a VSU sniper. The injured woman died on the spot. The bullet hit her head," the Donetsk News Agency quoted Zhukovsky as saying. He said the woman was about 60 years old. She was near her home at the moment of the shot.
The Petrovsky District of Donetsk has constantly been under fire from the Ukrainian army and national battalions. The first shelling of residential areas there was registered in July last year.
Massive shelling of residential neighborhoods, including with the use of aviation, has killed thousands and led to a humanitarian disaster in east Ukraine since Kiev in April 2014 announced the start of an "antiterrorism operation" there, which involved the Armed Forces, the Interior Ministry’s National Guard and volunteer battalions made up of Euromaidan activists, many of whom hold far-right and neo-Nazi views.

Aug 26 11:10

Russian lawmaker calls Poland’s suggestion to step up pressure on Russia "shortsighted"

First deputy head of the United Russia faction in the State Duma Franz Klintsevich has dismissed as dim-sighted the intention of new Polish President Andrzej Duda to offer German Chancellor Angela Merkel to step up pressure on Russia. "The leaders of Poland and Estonia sacrifice their countries’ long-term interests for the sake of misinterpreted short-term benefits," Klintsevich said. He noted that "Poland was another headache for Germany." "While German Chancellor Angela Merkel, including at the recent tripartite meeting on Ukraine in Berlin, speaks about her country’s desire to normalize relations with Russia, the Polish president declares just the opposite.

Aug 26 10:58

Russian officials ignoring restrictions on use of Google, WhatsApp may be sanctioned

A member of the State Duma’s committee for security and resistance to corruption has suggested imposing sanctions on those civil servants who violate the rules of using Google, WhatsApp and other search engines, adding that work on a relevant bill was already in progress.

Aug 26 10:57

Kiev forces violate silence regime 30 times over 24 hours — DPR

"A total of 113 shells with the caliber of 82mm and 120mm and 85 artillery shells with the caliber of 152 mm and 15 tank projectiles were fired on the republic’s territory," the ministry told the Donetsk news agency.
Earlier in the day, the people’s militias in the neighboring self-proclaimed Luhansk republic said Kiev forces had shelled its territory three times over the past 24 hours.
Kiev accused of deploying Buk missile system, 4,000 troops to contact line in Donbas http://tass.ru/en/world/816604

Aug 26 10:55

Russian citizens detained in Donbas facing "maximum penalty" — Kiev military prosecutor

"The law enforcement agencies have completed the pre-trial investigation of Alexander Alexandrov and Yevgeny Yerofeyev detained in the Luhansk Region," he said. "They are facing the maximum penalty on all counts. You should not even doubt what the court’s decision will be," he told the press briefing.
Matios noted that both detainees "had been granted access to lawyers and defense at the expense of Ukraine" and promised that the trial "would be public."
According to the military prosecutor, there is evidence that Alexandrov and Yerofeyev had allegedly "killed Ukrainians in the country."
Poroshenko orders to raise issue of releasing Ukrainians in Russia at peace talks http://tass.ru/en/world/816580

Aug 26 10:53

Foreign spy software found in Russian government information systems — Security Council

"There is presence of software of foreign technical intelligence services’ in information systems," Patrushev told a meeting in Vladivostok, Russia’s Far East, focused on information security.
"Today specialists register a significant increase in the number of computer attacks on information and telecommunications networks and information systems of government bodies," he added.
Patrushev stressed that in this context Russia’s information protection system needs to be improved. Recent checks carried out by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) in some regions of the Far East found that the measures to protect information there are low-efficient.

Aug 26 10:43

US Embassy declines to comment on visa issuance for senior Russian lawmaker

The US Embassy in Moscow is not commenting on visa issuance for Russian Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko, Embassy spokesman William Stevens said on Wednesday.
The US Embassy cannot comment on the details of this visa, the spokesman said in a live broadcast on Ekho Moskvy radio station.
Matviyenko is on the sanctions list of some countries and she knows, like some other Russian officials, that sanctions have been imposed against them, the US Embassy spokesman said.
US may limit Russian Federation Council speaker’s visa to UN events — embassy http://tass.ru/en/world/816400
US makes Russian delegation’s visit impossible by granting limited visa to its head — FM - http://tass.ru/en/russia/816771

Aug 26 10:39

About 1,000 Ukrainian troopers die in Ilovaisk encirclement in 2014 — investigators

According to the temporary investigation commission set up to investigate the encirclement of Ukrainian troops near Ilovaisk in August-September 2014, the death toll from the Ilovaisk tragedy has reached a thousand people, Andriy Senchenko, the commission’s head, told a news conference in Kiev on Wednesday.
"Our commission has managed to make only indirect assessment of the losses in all the episodes of the Ilovaisk events. The death toll amounts to 1,000 people," Senchenko said.
"In order to be honest about the losses, every military unit that took part in various stages of the Ilovaisk operation should give an answer to the following questions: how many servicemen died directly on the battlefield; how many troopers died of wounds in hospitals and how many are missing," Senchenko explained.

Aug 26 10:34

At least 1 killed, 7 injured in explosion at Russia's Saratov factory

One person was killed and seven injured in an explosion at a vegetable oil factory in the Volga region of Saratov, a local health official said on Wednesday.
"Those injured were taken to a hospital in the town of Balakovo with burns and fractures," the official said.

Aug 26 10:04

Russia begins work on the third generation "aircraft for the Day of Judgment"

In Russia, it is working on the development of air "space" for strategic management of the third generation, said the agency TASS General Director of Scientific-production company "Poljot" Alexander Komjakov.

"It's a new, third generation, but is as yet too early to speak about deadlines and characteristics," - said the agency interlocutor on the airline cosmic exhibitions Low comb.al. 2015.

According to him, the company has recently completed state tests of air command of the second generation. The next year, said General Director of "Poljot", works are planned to further equip the Russian Army such aircraft.

Aug 26 09:22

Ukraine Peace Agreement Is Dead and Rotting

The Minsk-2 ceasefire agreement is dead but no one wants to bury the rotting corpse. Since it was signed in February of this year the Donbas governments and Russia have bent over backward to comply with the terms of that agreement hoping against hope that the Kiev junta would do the same. They hoped in vain.
Poroshenko and his fascist allies instead have refused to change the constitution to accommodate the concerns of the Donbas republics, have tried to suppress the Communist Party and other parties in opposition, have refused to withdraw heavy weaponry from the line of contact, have maintained increasingly heavy artillery attacks on the civilian populations and areas and cut off routes for essential foodstuffs, medical aid and technical equipment.

Aug 26 09:20

Mystery Surrounding the Malaysian Airlines MH17 Crash: US Attempts to Frame Russia

The US and its allies wanted Russia branded with a scarlet letter. They manoeuvred Putin into a no-win situation: appear submissive or appear a mass murderer. Heads I win, tails you lose. They introduced into the UN Security Council a draft resolution on the formation of a special tribunal for the crashed Malaysian liner, containing a reference to Chapter VII, the deadliest of all, dealing with “threat to the peace, breach of the peace, or act of aggression” and authorising use of force. If such a resolution would pass, it would mean Russia gave up its sovereignty. Even in the unlikely case of fair trial, the impact of such a submission would be huge. And the trial would be by a hostile court for whom Truth Is No Defence.

Aug 26 09:19

No Sign of Any 'Values' in West's Handling of Russia

West speaks plenty about its super-duper values, but Edward Lozansky can't find a sign of any such thing in the last 25 years of Western-Russian relations.
There’s a non-stop flow of statements by high-level U.S. government officials suggesting Russia is the top threat to American national security or portraying Vladimir Putin as Saddam Hussein, Moammar Gadhafi and Osama bin Laden all rolled into one. (Some like Hillary Clinton also add Hitler to this pack.) And Russian bombers buzz American airspace with growing frequency.
When it comes to foreign affairs, the Russians – not just the elite, but the citizenry as well – watched with amazement and shock at the methods used by the West to promote its “values.”

Aug 26 09:16

Pentagon's Mysterious 'Russia Threat'

Pentagon can't explain how or why Russia is a threat, it just knows it is. The concept is doing great to feed the US military machine but the Russians aren't standing by idly.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey entered certified Donald “known unknown” Rumsfeld territory when he recently tried to conceptualize the “threat”; “Threats are the combination, or the aggregate, of capabilities and intentions. Let me set aside for the moment, intentions, because I don’t know what Russia intends.”
So Dempsey admits he does not know what he’s talking about. What he seems to know is that Russia is a “threat” anyway — in space, cyber space, ground-based cruise missiles, submarines.

Aug 26 09:10

More Evidence Maidan Extremist Shot Their Own Protesters That Media Will Ignore

Ivan Katchanovski, a scholar who by now has to be regarded as the foremost expert on this event, keeps finding new and new evidence to support his view that Kiev Sniper Massacre was a false flag

Aug 26 09:08

Study: Since Independence in 1991 Ukraine GDP Has Declined 35% - The Most in the World

Out of 166 countries that provided full access to their GDP data between 1991-2014, only five countries showed a decrease in GDP — Central African Republic (-0.94 percent), Zimbabwe (-2.3 percent), Georgia (-15.4 percent), Moldova (-29 percent) and Ukraine — an astonishing 35 percent drop since 1991.

Aug 26 08:35

NATO Military Buildup on Russia’s Doorstep: Who Is Doing the Saber-Rattling in Eastern Europe?

Over the past year and a half, NATO armed forces have almost doubled the number of military exercises they have staged near the Russian border: between 2012 and 2013 they conducted an average of 95 such training events per year, but there have already been 150 so far in 2015, and flights by reconnaissance aircraft along the Russian frontier have increased tenfold.

But in an attempt to unfairly place the blame on Russia for such exercises, the London-based European Leadership Network issued a report on Aug. 12 that uses a flawed methodology to compare one type of exercise held in Russia in 2015 with another kind of military drill organized by NATO this year. Criticism was only leveled at the large number of troops involved in the Russian exercise, because the alliance’s drill was smaller on that scale. The report’s purpose was obvious: to shift the entirety of the West’s own culpability for war preparations in Europe onto the Russians.

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A short memo to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg; every time you accuse Russia of being the "aggressor", but can offer absolutely no tangible proof of these allegedly "aggressive actions", you lose any degree of credibility you might have ever once had.

I would strongly counsel restraint regarding any possible military conflict against Russia.

And if you think Afghanistan has been a debacle for NATO (and there is no other nice way to put it, sir), a war with Russia may well be a classic, horrific epic fail for NATO.

I would strongly and politely suggest that you may want to assist in getting Europe's own house in order, and work with those European nations overrun with desperate and displaced refugees, fleeing from wars of the US's and the West's making, to offer some humanity and dignity to those people who cannot ever go home again.

Perhaps, in this manner, NATO may redeem its reputation.

Aug 26 07:29

Among the four American destroyers and coastal Syria hitch the Russian armada Mediterranean

Twentieth of August it became known that a group of three missile destroyers RM USA, which is based at the naval military base "Rota" in the Spanish province of Cadiz soon amend the fourth ship.

All of these destroyers are equipped with modern PRO sea basing "Idžis" ( Aegis ), which is one of the most important parts of the global PRO, which is distributed around the world, despite existing agreements with Russia. The official reason for reinforcing the Mediterranean grouping is - withdrawal from combat duty PRO missiles "Patriot" ( Patriot ), which are deployed on the territory of Turkey.

Aug 26 07:21

Facebook refuses to fulfill Russian laws

The Facebook leaders will not transfer data on the Russian users to Russia, given the law "On personal data".
Representative of the Russian federal service of communications, information technology and mass media Aleksandr Zharov met with the Facebook Director on Public Policy Nordics, Eastern Europe and Russia Thomas Myrup Kristensen.
During the meeting, they discussed a wide range of questions, connected with the new Russian laws, as well as that "On personal data", which is to come into force since 1 September, 2015.
Facebook is reported to take a tough stand, not wishing to store data of the Russian users on the Russian servers. The reason is "economic inexpediency". Beside that, the company does not consider information of its users to be personal data.
Good bye, totalitarian Facebook - http://english.pravda.ru/news/society/31-07-2013/125294-Facebook-0/

Aug 26 07:17

Hague now allows for the possibility that the Malaysian Boeing downed by a missile air-to-air

Malaysian Boeing is still considered the most probable version, according to which the aircraft over the East of Ukraine was shot down by a missile surface-to-air, but - as hitherto - does not exclude completely the possibility that was destroyed in an air attack and air-to-air - says official representative of the State Prosecutor's Office of the Netherlands Wim de Brun.

Aug 26 07:06

What sanctions? Japan steps up investment in Russian Far East

A meeting of Administration and business representatives from Primorye with the delegation of the Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan has been held in Primorye. The main theme of the meeting was development of cooperation in transport logistics, foreign trade, investing and tourism, and also cooperation in agriculture and fishery.

Aug 25 19:25

Ukraine says EU ready to toughen stance against Russia

Ukraine said on Tuesday that the leaders of Germany and France had agreed to back "firm" steps against Russia should pro-Moscow rebels hold disputed elections in the ex-Soviet state's separatist east.
A top aide to President Petro Poroshenko said German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande had agreed at trilateral talks in Berlin on Monday to a set of "red lines" Russia must not cross.

Aug 25 12:42

Kiev reorganizes 22 military brigades in Donbas, plans to create 12 more

Ukraine is through with a package of measures to reform the country’s defense capability system, the Defense Ministry’s spokesperson, Viktoria Kushnir, has told a news briefing.
"Legislatively the strength of Ukraine’s army has been set at 250,000. In the east of Ukraine the required defense groups have been deployed. The 22 existing brigades have been reorganized and twelve new brigades are about to be formed. Under state defense contracts the army has received more than 1,300 pieces of military equipment," Kushnir said. The Defense Ministry has created a center for development and material support for the Ukrainian armed forces.

Aug 25 12:36

Crimean authorities to help Romanov House head move from Denmark to Crimea — official

The Crimean authorities have promised to help Prince Dimitri Romanov, the oldest relative of last Russian Emperor Nicholas II, to move to live from Denmark to Crimea, Dmitry Polonsky, the vice-premier of the Crimean government, told TASS on Tuesday.
Prince Dimitri arrived in Crimea earlier on Tuesday for the first time since the peninsula’s reunification with Russia. Upon his arrival at Simferopol airport, Prince Dimitri told journalists that he wished to come to live in Crimea permanently.
"I would do that with great pleasure," Prince Dimitri told TASS. Of course, I need to ask my wife first. We should also think about what to do with our house in Denmark. We can sell it and come here. Naturally, I would be glad to move here as soon as possible," the prince stressed.
Prince Dimitri is travelling with his wife, Princess Theodora (Dorrit).

Aug 25 11:44

Israel Punishing Syria for Russian S300 Sale

Israel’s broad air assault on Syria has nothing to do with retaliation, no more than the massive assault on Gaza had anything to do with Hamas rocket assaults on Israeli villages, assaults confirmed only by Israeli sources.

There is a real purpose to the timing of this Israeli attack and that is the promise of Russia to deliver a fully upgraded S300 system to Iran, one that totally nullifies Israel’s air advantage and even Israel’s ability to hit Iran with nuclear armed ICBMs.

The recent attack on Syria is, in actuality, an attempt on Israel’s part to discredit President Putin and Foreign Minister Lavrov. What few if any in the west understand is how thoroughly Putin has humiliated Netanyahu, a man whose mental stability has long been in question.

Netanyahu sees his bombing attacks on Syria and his open support for ISIS and her sister organizations as daring Russia to move against the US-Israel alliance.

Aug 25 09:41

‘No more pacifism': Ukraine president says Minsk peace deal allowed military buildup

Addressing his troops in the Eastern Kharkov region, Ukraine’s President said that the country’s army had been upgraded during the ceasefire with the rebels and warned that Ukrainians should prepare for years of war ahead. President Poroshenko made the statement at a ceremony presenting the army with military equipment, tanks, rocket launchers, and American Humvees.

Aug 25 09:21

U.S. to deploy F-22 fighter jets to Europe

The United States will deploy F-22 fighter jets to Europe very soon as part of a broader effort to support eastern European members of the NATO alliance unnerved by Russia's intervention in Ukraine, Air Force Secretary Deborah James said on Monday.

James did not give details about the specific number of planes, date or location of the deployment, but said it was in line with Defense Secretary Ash Carter's recent call for a strong and balanced approach to Russia.

The first deployment of the Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) F-22 to Europe outside air shows is seen as a move to address growing concerns among NATO allies about Russian military aggression. The Air Force has also been using radar-evading F-22 fighter jets to carry out some its attacks against Islamic State, the first real combat air strikes by the jets.

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OK, folks: I would like to ask the writer of this piece of codswallop of documented cases of alleged Russian aggression which are incontrovertible.

She does have some, doesn't she?!? Or, is she still "dancing to her Master's voice", that is, of corporate America, urgently trying to gin up a war against Russia for no damned good reason whatsoever, to masque, at least temporarily, an American economy in meltdown?!?

Let's go back to the situation in Ukraine last year, shall we, when the legally elected government was overturned in a US/ECB/NATO-sponsored putsch against it.

Crimea, looking at the way Poroshenko was "elected" realized that they had no legitimate government in Kiev whatsoever. And please remember: Crimea was a part of Russia until it was annexed in the 50's by the Ukrainian, Nikita Khrushchev.

At that point, in a free and fair referendum, crawling with international observers, Crimea voted to petition Russia to join the Russian Federation, and Russia accepted the will of the Crimean people.

So, will SOMEBODY please, tell me: what did Russia do wrong here, in light of the fact that peaceful self-determination is a cornerstone of UN policy?!?

The short answer is "Nothing, Nada, Zip!!"

So, right now, with absolutely no embarrassment whatsoever, Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, is desperately trying to poke the Russian bear with ludicrous charges which carry no weight in fact whatsoever. Her fiasco in Ukraine, bringing about regime change, which has led to martial law, economic collapse, conscription, and an horrific return of ultra-right nationalists, doesn't seem to bother her one whit. As reported earlier this year at paulcraigroberts.org:

Victoria Nuland’s Lies Make War Inevitable March 7, 2015 | Categories: Guest Contributions | Tags: | Print This Article Print This Article Victoria Nuland’s Lies Make War Inevitable Washington’s politics has sunk to the bottom of the cesspool. An Assistant Secretary of State can now appear in testimony before the US Congress and lie endlessly without being held to account. Congress has abjured its responsibility. Nuland’s lies are the kind that lead to war. Unless a meteorite lands on Washington, war is inevitable. Victoria Nuland Lied to US Congress about Phantom Russian Hoards in Ukraine By Stephen Lendman Global Research, March 07, 2015 Url of this article: http://www.globalresearch.ca/victoria-nuland-lied-to-us-congress-about-p... On March 4, Nuland addressed House Foreign Affairs Committee members. http://www.state.gov/p/eur/rls/rm/2015/mar/238147.htm She called murdered US-funded, Boris Nemtsov a “freedom fighter, Russian patriot and friend.” She absurdly called Ukraine “central to our 25 year Transatlantic quest for a ‘Europe whole, free and at peace.’ ” Fact: Washington wants Ukraine used as a dagger against Russia’s heartland – with menacing US bases on its borders threatening is sovereign independence. Nuland called US planned and implements year ago Maidan violence using well-trained Nazi thugs “peaceful protest(s) by ordinary Ukrainians.” “They braved frigid temperatures, brutal beatings and sniper bullets…Ukraine began to forge a new nation…holding free and fair election…and undertaking deep and comprehensive economic and political reforms.” Fact: US-deposed President Viktor Yanukovych’s police showed remarkable restraint. Fact: Washington-supported Nazi thugs bore full responsibility for beatings, sniper killings and other violence. Fact: Ukrainian parliamentary and presidential elections were farcical – with no legitimacy whatever. Fact: So-called economic reforms involve crushing hardships on already impoverished Ukrainians in return for loan-shark-of-last-resort IMF blood money. Fact: No responsible political reforms exist. None are planned. It bears repeating. Ukraine is a US-installed fascist dictatorship. Nuland lied claiming “enhance(d) (Ukrainian) transparency in public procurement, reduce(d) government inefficiency and corruption, (laws) making the banking system more transparent, and measures to improve the climate for business and…foreign investment.” Ukrainian banking is a black hole of grand theft. State farmland and enterprises are being sold to Western predators at fire sale prices. Corruption is worse than ever. Government and military officials are stealing everything they can get their dirty hands on – at the expense of imposing crushing austerity on deeply impoverished millions. Hyperinflation grips the country. The “breadbasket” of Europe can’t feed its people. Rationing was imposed. Energy prices skyrocketed to unaffordable levels. Ukraine symbolizes humanitarian disastrous conditions wherever America shows up. Nuland recited a litany of Big Lies about the “new Ukraine,” – a Nazified menace to its people Claiming it’s “building a peaceful, democratic, independent” nation is polar opposite truth. She aimed the worst of her rant at Russia and Donbass freedom fighters. She lied about Crimea “under illegal occupation” – ignoring near Crimean unanimity to reverse a historic mistake and rejoin Russia. She turned truth on its head claiming“(i)n eastern Ukraine, Russia and its separatist puppets unleashed unspeakable violence and pillage.” “MH17 was shot down. Hundreds of Russian heavy weapons and troops poured across the border, fueling the conflict.” “Sixteen Russian uninspected ‘humanitarian convoys’ entered Ukraine in violation of agreements with the Ukrainian government, the ICRC and the international community.” “Donetsk airport was obliterated…Debaltseve, a key rail hub beyond the ceasefire lines, fell to separatist and Russian forces six days after Minsk was signed…” “This is a manufactured conflict controlled by the Kremlin, fueled by Russian tanks and heavy weapons; financed at Russian taxpayers’ expense and costing the lives of young Russians…” Fact: Kiev collaboratively with Washington launched naked aggression against Donbass residents wanting democratic rights everyone deserves – wanting to live free from the scourge of fascism. Fact: No Russian hoards “poured across (Ukraine’s) border.” Kiev’s own military chief said so. No evidence whatever shows Russian involvement. None exists except photos exposed as fakes. Fact: Washington and Kiev bear full responsibility for unleashing unspeakable violence against Donbass residents. Fact: One or more Ukrainian warplanes downed MH17- a US/Kiev false flag. Russia and rebels had nothing to do with it. Fact: Russia is the only nation delivering vitally needed humanitarian aid – inspected by ICRC representatives. Fact: Minsk ceasefire terms included nothing about Debastseve. Fact: Washington and Kiev “manufactured” Donbass’ conflict – not Moscow or rebels. Not a single House Foreign Affairs Committee member challenged Nuland’s obvious and outrageous Big Lies. They accepted them as gospel. They let an unindicted war criminal insult them. Russia and rebels are consistently and wrongfully blamed for US/Kiev crimes. Obama wants war, not peace. He wants unchallenged control over America’s newest colony. He wants it pillaged for profit. He wants it as a stepping-stone toward long sought regime change in Russia – replacing its sovereign independence with pro-Western puppet governance.

So there you have it, folks: Reuters lies because it cannot help itself; it too is a tool of those who profit intensely from wars.

And THAT is reason enough...to never, ever trust this outlet again.

Aug 25 08:43

Dear NATO: Are You Lying about Russia or Simply Incompetent?

On 14 April 2014 NATO issued a “fact sheet” titled, “Russia’s Accusations – setting the record straight.” In the course of setting the record straight, the NATO fact sheet made the following false assertion: “Russian officials claim that US and German officials promised in 1990 that NATO would not expand into Eastern and Central Europe, build military infrastructure near Russia’s borders or permanently deploy troops there.”

“No such pledge was made, and no evidence to back up Russia’s claims has ever been produced.” (My emphasis.)

Aug 25 07:13

Ukraine celebrates "Independence Day" amid martial law, economic crisis

Ukraine is celebrating its Independence Day on August 24 amid martial law, its ruined economy and unprecedented inflation rates as a result of the rupture of ties with Russia.

Aug 25 06:53

The Russian army is beginning to engage in Syria

A profound and significant change has just occurred in the Levant – the Russian army has begun to engage against terrorism in Syria. Although Russia has been absent from the international scene since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and although it is moving with care, it has just created a Russo-Syrian Commission, has begun supplying weapons, sharing intelligence, and sending advisors. All of this is more or less coordinated with the White House.

Aug 25 01:32

Ukraine's GDP Dropped by 35% Surpassing Zimbabwe, Central African Republic

Over the past 24 years, Ukraine’s real GDP has decreased by 35 percent, which is absolutely the worst in the world, according to World Bank data, Ukrainian newspaper Zerkalo Nedeli (ZN) reported.

As Ukraine is celebrating its independence day, economists should be worried, as the country's economy has fallen to the point of no return.

Aug 24 14:05

Estonian Prime Minister Calls for Anti-Russia Sanctions Extension

Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas called for extension of anti-Russian sanctions during a meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda, the country’s cabinet’s press service said.

Aug 24 13:59

Eternal Baltic August

Among the key events of 20th century European political history that have been the subject of heated debate for a number of decades among academics and the layman alike is the Treaty of Non-Aggression between Germany and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics signed on August 23, 1939, as well as its secret protocol and the foreign policy implications it had for the whole of Europe.
The political situation in the USSR, and not just the Baltic states, made it impossible to smoothly manage the issue...

Aug 24 13:23

Financial Times: the international creditors of Ukraine agreed to the cancellation of 20% of the debt

British newspaper claims that the Ukrainian side insists on the cancellation of the sum of twice the proposal by the creditors, i.e. 40% of the size of its national debt.

Aug 24 13:10

Some European arms exporting firms have been banned from coming to the Russia Arms Expo - 2015 (RAE-2015) exhibition because of the anti-Russian sanctions

Alexey Zharich, the state secretary and deputy director of the UralVagonZavod trade and production company, told TASS on Monday:
"The political situation has certainly left its impact. Despite their wish to come, many companies have been forced to stay away from the exhibition. We maintain expert contacts with many European colleagues. They say they would be glad to come but they are forbidden to do that from above," Zharich said ahead of RAE-2015 that will take place in Nizhny Tagil, Russia’s Urals region, on September 9-12.
He added that arms exporters from Turkey, Italy, South Korea, China and the United Arab Emirates would display their products at the Urals show. According to Zharich, the number of delegations will exceed the number of companies.
"Even the United States is sending a delegation to RAE-2015," Zharich stressed.

Aug 24 13:05

Russian minister cautious on wine material import ban due to contradictions with WTO norms

"I am very cautious about this proposal. There are issues with the WTO, issues with our wine producers, as they strongly depend on materials supplies. We shouldn't make rash decisions," Ulyukayev said.
As TASS reported earlier, Russian Agricultural Minister Alexander Tkachev on August 23 criticized wine materials import to Russia. According to him, importing and bottling such products under the Russian brands is unacceptable. Tkachev said that it is necessary either to significantly increase customs duties, or to ban import of wine materials in order to stop such actions.

Aug 24 11:42

‘Warrior’s Field’: Ancient Russia Recreated Before Your Eyes (PHOTO)

The historical reenactment festival “Warrior’s Field” took place in the Moscow Region on August 22-23. The event brought ancient Russia to the eyes of modern people.

Aug 24 07:52

Russia 'Invades Norway' in New Scandinavian TV Series

The Russian embassy in Norwegian capital, Oslo, said that its “unfortunate” that the country is presented as an aggressor in the TV series.
“It is of course a pity that on the 70th anniversary of victory in World War II…the show’s writers decide to intimidate Norwegian viewers with a non-existent threat from the East,” Andrey Kulikov, embassy spokesman, told TV2, as cited by The Local.
“It seems as if the authors of the show have forgotten about the heroism of the Soviet Army in the liberation of Northern Norway from Nazi occupiers,” he added.
There will be no formal protests or reprisals from Moscow over the series, Kulikov stressed, adding that hysteria “isn’t our (Russia’s) style.”

Aug 24 07:49

In This Central Asian Country the Dream Is to Move to Russia

In Tajikistan (on the border with Afghanistan and China) parents, and even the president, want youngsters to learn good Russian so they can hope for decent employment in Russia.

Prince Dmitry Romanov to visit Crimea first time since reunification with Russia http://tass.ru/en/russia/815924

Aug 24 07:29

Polish president plans to suggest changing format of Ukraine negotiations

"I want to talk about it. I cannot image that powerful European countries are not involved in this format. The United States could also join it as a world power Russia has to reckon with, as well as Ukraine’s neighbors who are interested in what’s going on there," Duda said.
According to the Polish president, the Normandy format (Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine) can be replaced by the Geneva format that would involve the United States, the EU, Russia and Ukraine. "It would be better if one of the parties at the negotiating table was a representative of some of the European institutions, not just Germany and France," he noted.

Aug 24 07:24

Situation in Ukraine forces Russia’s Investigative Committee to make comments

"It is up to the Foreign Ministry to work with normal law-governed states. But Ukrainian political realities are such that the Investigative Committee had to establish a department to investigate military and other international crimes on the part of Kiev’s politicians and generals," Markin said.
"And I have to comment on that, including explanations to the Kiev politicians themselves on their legal status and possible risks," he said.

Russia’s 37th Donbas aid convoy to include textbooks, foodstuffs http://tass.ru/en/russia/815981

Naftogaz requests advance payment from Gazprom for Russian gas transit http://tass.ru/en/economy/815974

Aug 24 07:22

Ministry: Kiev’s military demine fields before attack on DPR

Ukraine’s armed forces begun clearing mine fields from their positions towards the front line to provide smooth movement of the contingent during an attack on the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), the republic’s defence ministry said on Sunday.
"From the Golmovsky settlement (controlled by Kiev) towards the front line we see then demine fields in preparations for an attack," the Donetsk News Agency quoted the ministry’s representative Eduard Basurin.
The ministry reported during the night to Sunday the Ukrainian military continued pulling heavy weapons and contingent for a future attack.

Aug 24 07:14

DPR: Ukrainian military dying in Donbas because of country’s dependence on US

Only heavy losses of the Ukrainian military during the battles with the militias could stop the bloodlust of the puppet Ukrainian government, only thousands of casualties among the personnel of the Ukrainian Armed Forces made it possible to bring the Ukrainian army commanders down to earth for some time and force the criminal Kiev regime to sit down at the negotiating table. The so-called period of peace began, which has been marred by serious violations of the Minsk agreements by the Ukrainian side".
Poroshenko: Minsk accords have no alternative - http://tass.ru/en/world/816022

Aug 24 07:10

Ukrainian forces shell four mines in DPR — coal and energy ministry

"Overnight to August 24, Ukrainian Armed Forces shelled the Abakumov mine, the Chelyuskintsev mine, and the Skochinsky state enterprise ‘Donetsk Coal Energy Company’. The Rumyantsev mine of the state enterprise ‘Artyomugol’ was also affected as the explosive wave shattered all windows in the administrative building. The remaining three mines are left without electricity," the ministry noted.
According to the ministry, main ventilation fans stopped as a result of shelling by Ukrainian forces at the Chelyuskintsev mine in Donetsk when 90 miners were working underground.
The coal and energy ministry confirmed that all mines are working in the routine mode now, and no one was injured in the shellings by Ukrainian forces.

Aug 24 07:09

23 civilians die in shellings by Ukrainian forces over last week in Donbas

"On August 15-21, as a result of military actions, 23 people died, among them four women and 19 men. Thirty-two people were hospitalized with injuries of varying severity, among them 24 men and eight women," Donetsk News Agency quoted the office as saying.
The human rights ombudsperson stressed that among the places subjected to most massive shellings are the town of Gorlovka, settlements of the Telmanovsky district, as well as Donetsk’s Kuybyshevsky, Petrovsky and Kirovsky districts.
From August 10 to 16, 17 people were killed in shellings by Ukrainian forces, and 45 more were injured, DPR defense ministry spokesman Eduard Basurin said.

Aug 24 06:54

Poroshenko’s Time is Almost Up – German Media

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is losing out on both fronts, as Europe demands implementation of the Minsk accords and Ukrainians accuse him of failing to end the war in Donbass, a German newspaper wrote on Monday.

Aug 24 06:46

Sm?r? Špionam! BAN Windows 10, it SPIES too much, exclaim Russians

Russian lawyers have filed a complaint calling for an outright ban – or at least tight restrictions – over the sale of Windows 10 in Russia.

The complaint to the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office argues that Windows 10 collects user information in a way that violates Russian laws. Moscow-based Bubnov and Partners contended that the collection of passwords, location data, typed texts and browsing history and the uploading of the information to Microsoft’s cloud violate Russian privacy legislation.

Aug 23 15:08

Fight in the Name of the Law! Kiev Hires Cons to Fight in Donbass

The Ukrainian defense ministry is recruiting criminals to fight the independence supporters in Donbass, the Donetsk People’s Republic’s deputy military commander announced on Saturday.

Aug 23 15:07

Obama is 'Too Scared' to Tell Truth About Ukrainian War – US Journalist

"Though this notion that the Ukraine crisis was simply a case of 'Russian aggression' is held by virtually every important person in Washington's current power circles, it was never true. The crisis was provoked by a US-backed coup on February 22, 2014, which overthrew Ukraine's elected President Viktor Yanukovych. Putin reacted to that provocation; he didn't instigate it," Parry explained.

Aug 23 10:53

WSJ: Pakistan turning away from US, warming up to Moscow

Latest geopolitical dynamics encouraged Moscow and Islamabad that stood in a tough opposition to each other in the 1980's over Afghanistan, "to mend fences", The Wall Street Journal said in an article published on Thursday.

"On Thursday, Pakistan said it would buy four Russian Mi-35 attack helicopters for an undisclosed price, after a spate of high-level visits between the two countries," the newspaper said.

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"INVADE! INVADE! They have Al Qaeda! They have ISIS! They have a Death Star! Invade NOW!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 23 09:48

Poroshenko Deploys Over 170 Units of Armory to Fight Donbass

Looks like Ukraine is preparing for opening active warfare on the eve of the country’s independence day – over 170 items of military equipment will be delivered to army divisions now deployed in Donbass over the next few days.

Aug 23 09:31

Poroshenko to visit Israel for first time as Ukraine president

In a move that may anger Russia, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reportedly scheduled to visit Ukraine soon and host its president in Jerusalem.

Ukraine’s ambassador to Israel, Hennadii Nadolenko, announced the plans for the visits in an op-ed published this week ahead of Ukraine’s 24th independence day, on Aug. 24.

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More confirmation that Israel's hands are all over Kiev!

Aug 23 08:44

Ukraine SITREP August 20th, 2015 by Scott

First, ZeroHedge reposts a xinhuanet.com article that claims its source was “the Donetsk-based Ostrov news agency”

Upon simple cross-reference, nothing is found that would confirm that the Referendum to Join Russia is the official stand of Donetsk and Lugansk People’s republics. It could be “fake news,” right? Let’s look who is spreading the fake news. What is “the Donetsk-based Ostrov news agency” also known as ostro.org?

NGO “Ostro.org” is operated and financed by the notorious US State Department’s tool of color revolutions and fascists putsches NED.org National Endowment for Democracy for Ukraine

Aug 23 08:42

FLASHBACK - Ukrainian General reveals the Zionist control of Ukraine

Aug 23 08:39

George Soros’s Fakery

George Soros pretends to be a progressive, but he invests in and finances nazis. That’s not “Nazis” as in National Socialist Party of Germany, which was outlawed after WW II, and whose racist obsession was against Jews. Instead, it’s “nazis” as in any racist fascist ideology (any ideology of racist fascism, instead of a political Party), in any country, against any ethnic group. But George Soros happens to support only nazis (racist fascists) whose passionate hatred is specifically against Russians. His entire biography in public life has actually been that.

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"Billion Dollar Brain" in real life?

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